Nigeria is about to make history at next month's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Nigerian women's bobsled team will be the first African nation to compete in the sport when they take to the slopes in late February.
People have been seriously inspired by this historic team, a breakthrough for winter sports in Africa and a symbol of strength and endurance for people all over the world.
Congratulations are in order to the trio of Nigerian women who have won their place in the pages of history by being Nigeria's first Bobsleigh Team at the Winter Olympics and also for being the first African team to make it into the Bobsleigh . Thank you! Africa is proud of You!— abraka patricia (@abrakapatricia1) January 16, 2018
“ You can live in your own legacy. But you gotta start somewhere. Create a legacy where you are no longer limited by fear of the unknown.” ~ Nigerian Women Olympic bobsleigh team 🇳🇬— King Angie (@AngieKhumalo) January 19, 2018
Gotta big up the first Nigerian bobsleigh team! #WinterOlympics2018— Tendai Horton (@TendaiHorton) January 18, 2018
The inspirational ladies recently starred in an advert for Beats by Dre, where they are seen running through snow-filled landscapes, training in the gym and for their sport, and telling inspirational tales about their journey and what drives them.
WATCH: Nigerian women's bobsled team in Beats by Dre ad
In the beginning of the ad, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omega are seen running as a news report is heard announcing their place as the first African team to compete in Olympic bobsled.
"Never seen a bobsled team from Nigeria, or any other country in Africa, but this year, all that changes, as these three young women become the first," the voice says, as clips of the teammates running are interspersed with dynamic shots of bobsleds in action.
One of the greatest athletes of all time, tennis ace Serena Williams, tweeted her support of the pioneering team. Sharing a snippet of the Beats video, Serena couldn't contain her excitement at seeing Nigeria's bobsledding team in such a powerful video.
This video literally gave me chills, I am so excited to watch Nigeria compete in the winter Olympics bobsledding race the first time an African country has ever competed in bobsledding! ✊🏿@beatsbydre #abovethenoise pic.twitter.com/zLDPLJfcIQ— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 19, 2018
Their journey is inspiring. They successfully completed five races across North America to qualify for the Olympics, but their journey was not a smooth ride.
It all began with a GoFundMe in 2016, in which team member Seun Adigun managed to raise $66,000 to fund their bid to make their Olympic dreams come true.
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